Sunday, 6 November 2016

Granting Rights

The view that people should somehow be grateful because some central authority has granted them a right, understood as some vague legal entitlement, smacks of deep-seated moral and spiritual hypocrisy.

For instance, banksters would argue that we should be grateful for their debt-based practices because it enables some people to become proprietors having paid off the debt of, say, a mortgage, along with interest.

This is ridiculous on its face because the earth and its resources belong to us as a species by nature. The fact that the right to property is granted (after paying through the nose for it) shows that the land has been robbed from the people in the first place to be then handed back to individuals able and willing to pay for it through their labour and monetary resources.  

Taking another example, State authorities think we should be grateful to have, say, the right to vote (between one set of wolves and another) and that not exercising that granted right is somehow un-citizenly.

The fact that rights are granted from centralised authority shows how far removed we are from the natural order of things because under cosmic law, a right is simply the opposite of a wrong.

Put differently you may do anything that does not violate the rights of others not to be thieved or harmed. The fact that rights are now seen as emanating from centralised authority should, to alert minds, cast suspicion on said authorities.

Indeed how does an authority, e.g. government, get the power to grant rights in the first place? Obviously from having previously stolen them from the people. 

Addendum - Of course some philosophers have constructed justifications for State power based on supposed social contracts that in reality no one ever signed up to and that historically were one sided and violently enforced. 

In addition it is impossible to alienate rights, such as the right to levy taxes, that one does not possess in natural law. As researcher Mark Passio aptly points out, to consider whether an action is right or wrong, view the world as having only two people on it and evaluate whether, say, one has the right to tax another. 

Not Having a Job

Many people who don't have jobs don't feel good enough.

By contrast I feel too good to have a job. 

Parents as People

At bottom, parents are just people who happen to have caused you to exist and, with some luck, have brought you up, nurtured you, nourished you, supported you and perhaps even guided you until adulthood. 

One's relationship with one's parents can be fraught if there are underlying issues of negative past dealings, undue influence, clash of sensibilities and general subconscious neurotic baggage.

I get on well with my parents more now that I see them as individuals with their own strengths and flaws, forgiving them the error of theirs ways as well as realising the errors I have made as their child, and not feeling emotionally beholden to them or seeing them as great authorities on life. 

Psychotherapists know well that as helpless children we have to give them a certain amount of power over us and that adolescence, whether in teenage years or later, involves distancing oneself from one's parents and discovering one's own individual power.

Although I have said that growing up means overcoming one's fears and illusions, critically evaluating one's relationship with one's parents and seeing, even analysing, them as individuals, can help the healing process if there is a lot of parental baggage present in one's psychology. 

In short as with life, as with parents: love, learn and forgive. 

Initiating and Producing

It is rightly said that initiating a task is half the job and completing the job is also a substantial part of the effort required. 

This is true also of starting a new activity, such as drawing or music. Although I have harped on about critical faculty in previous posts, one needs to at least begin to produce, i.e. bring forth, something to be able to use one's judgement in perfecting the skill and the work. 

Too much critical faculty can actually be a barrier to creative labour and one needs to relax and be self-confident enough to trust the inspiration or idea in order to even begin bringing it forth through the creative deed.

Sometimes the first idea in your head is the best one and I have used this technique for all my Puppet Monst comics. My latest piano composition was called Uninspired because it felt like I was repeating ideas from previous compositions without any 'ahah' moment ever coming to mind.

Despite that I have enjoyed listening to Uninspired a great deal and my Puppet Monst comics are perhaps the most relatable of all my works, judging from Facebook attention among family and friends. 

Picture of Hell

Researcher Mark Passio claims we are no longer going to hell but are already in hell. 

It was Hitler or some other high Nazi (Not-see) official who said that with the right amount of mind control, the mass of people would interpret hell as a paradise and paradise as hell. 

Maybe as a species we have always been in hell. 

What is Intelligence?

Intelligence denotes an individual's capacity to intelligise, i.e. process information, so as to understand it

It is no accident that intellectual Hannah Arendt sought not to 'influence' others but merely to understand - according to what she told a German interviewer - and help others in their understanding along the way.

Intelligence does not mean enlightenment, which denotes acting morally towards oneself and others, and is different from mere intellect which might be able to process difficult information without understanding it. 

It has been sometimes argued that intelligence denotes right-brain creative/intuitive faculties as well as left-brain logical/rational faculties working in unison whereas mere intellect is devoid of creative capacity, being firmly placed in left-brain modalities of analytical and unintuitive thought. 

I realise that in scientific reality the left-brain, right-brain distinction may be overstretched but in my estimation the distinction retains tremendous conceptual and philosophical value precisely for the purpose of understanding the differences that lie between people's angles and behaviours.  

Immorality of Rome and Empires

Rome was an empire built on slavery and conquest - like all empires. It was therefore an immoral State and in opposition to Natural Law no matter how positively romantic natures interpret Roman culture. 

The opposition between slavery and freedom can be found most sensitively in the conflicts that occur between indigenous cultures that have occupied a given land for centuries and imperial cultures who barge in those lands much later on, expropriating (i.e. taking out of their property) the indigenous people from their land in order often to exploit and enslave them (e.g. through forced labour and tax). 

Imperial cultures will of course justify, i.e. try to make just, their immoral conquests by claiming they are either 'civilising' (i.e. taming and enslaving) lower cultures, bringing them 'enlightenment' (e.g. by bringing them the phoney 'democratic' system as in the last Iraq invasion) or for phoney reasons of self-defence (again as in the last invasion of Iraq and that country's alleged 'weapons of mass destruction'). 

We can see therefore that there is nothing new under the sun in terms of the techniques and justifications for imperialism, which is intrinsically and inherently immoral. And expropriation of indigenous people is a wrong because all natural law rights are in essence property rights and all wrongs under natural law are a form of theft of property be it land, body or goods. 

The Opposite of Freedom

What is the opposite of freedom?


This is why freedom is such a sensitive issue regardless of how often the term is misused in order precisely to enslave such as through the economic doctrines of neoliberalism as expounded by the majority of the mainstream press. 

And when a politician talks about freedom, whether economic or expressive, the question must always be asked: for whom


In-tuition is a most felicitous green language because the word suggests in its very form-ulation the ability to teach (tuition) oneself from with(in).

There are said to be three ways to gain knowledge:
  1. Reason
  2. Experience
  3. Intuition
While the hopeless world of employment only seems to take experience into consideration along with a little reason, it is intuition, the ability to teach oneself from one's instincts, that rules the majority of good decision-making and accurate judgement. 

Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Scholars and Thinkers

A couple of years back I had a minor altercation with my mother's partner, a retired but still active Cambridge professor, about the merits of Nietzsche's most personal work Thus Spoke Zarathustra

This difference we had - I thinking it to be his most important work and he Nietzsche's least successful and interesting - was based on our different sensibilities as a thinker who researches in my case and a researcher who thinks in his case.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche's most spiritual and hard to read work and understanding it for me was an arduous task replete with psychological suffering. 

That said I have gained a huge amount in personal selfhood from confronting the work as diligently as I did and insights contained in it sometimes manifest in my consciousness years after reading and absorbing it. 

That being said, from a purely academic point of view, the work offers very little nourishment and will not appeal to rationally minded, unintuitive, uncreative types. 

This pinpoints a difference I believe that holds between thinkers - who are creative and therefore in-tuitive - and scholars who are professional workers of intellectual information with little in-tuition or creativity. 

It is this lack of creativity and intuition that makes so much academic literature dull, parasitical and ephemeral and that makes many scholars suspicious if not envious of independent thinkers.

The irony of course is that Thus Spoke Zarathustra warns thinkers against scholars whom he claims to be unfruitful and therefore in the enemy camp as regards 'creators'. 

How to Enslave

There are two principal ways to enslave a people: by conquering them and by indebting them. 

Money is debt not only in the sense of being a claim on wealth (good and services) you do not have but also in the way that it is created from the beginning as debt through established centralised banking procedures. 

A debt, moreover, which will never be paid off due to accumulated interest over time. 

Mortgage as Phoney Contract

The word mortgage is French in origin and simply means death-pledge

Mortgage contracts belong to some of the most phoney contracts in existence because on the one hand the bank does not in fact hold the money it puts into your account to buy the house (it simply summons it out of thin air in order to indebt you and has the gall to charge interest on this non-existent money) and second you do not actually yet own the house to be able to use it as collateral in case of default.

Banks essentially have the legally granted power to create debt at will which is to say, to enslave, and thereby reap up real wealth, i.e. goods, in case of default and only in exchange for fake wealth which is what money is in the first place. 

Naivety that Comes with a Good Heart

French novelist Honoré de Balzac was evidently sensitive to the psychological phenomenon whereby good natured people can be most naive as to the wickedness, low mindedness and lack of enlightenment of others.

This makes them possible victims of mass mind control but perhaps not, in so far as the low mindedness of, say, the mainstream media, will not be to their taste and they will eventually seek out spiritually more enlightened forms of communication. 

This insight he expressed several times in his novel Illusions perdues when scientific genius David Séchard is robbed of the fruit of his discovery on how to make cheap but quality paper by calculating, scheming and generally psychopathic business owners. David never even suspects that he might have been manipulated and forced to give up his discovery, thinking no one could possibly be that low.  

The same could be said of Native Americans who welcomed and helped white settlers on what was their land only to be wiped out and killed, not to say enslaved, by said settlers who were obviously of a wicked-hearted not to say base disposition. 

The one advantage I will say that comes with a good heart and the naivety it can entail - and its attending possibility of being abused by the base motivations of others - is that it does enable a more child-like, fresh and creatively successful outlook on the world.

After all Goethe (was it him?) was right in stating that genius is being able to summon childhood at will and Nietzsche echoed this insight in Thus Spoke Zarathustra when stating that work for a man should be akin to the seriousness of a child at play.